Can I keep my domain name?
Yes. If you let us know the details of your domain name’s registrar, we will contact them and take care of the transfer process, with no downtime. We create what's called an A Name record (tech speak, basically a redirect).
What will happen to my email?
You have two options. Most clients transfer their email services to us, to benefit from our anti-spam technology. Alternatively, we can leave your email with your current provider.
Why do I need to switch to your hosting?
With our hosting you gain access to our 'Websites for Startups' website editor, giving you complete control over your site. With the 'Websites for Startups' editor you can change the content, optimise it for search engines, and use the website management tools.
Our 'Websites for Startups' website editor runs on our own dedicated servers at a secure data centre. By controlling the entire ‘stack’ — the 'Websites for Startups' editor, the server operating system, and the server hardware — we can offer a faster, more reliable product.
How do I sell things on my website?
You’ll need to activate the 'Websites for Startups' e-commerce plugin. Our advanced e-commerce system makes it easy for customers to buy through your website.
What payment options do 'Websites for Startups' sites support?
Our e-commerce software give access to 16 gateways, incuding all the usual ones..
What do I get for my monthly subscription?
Unlimited editing – login to the 'Websites for Startups' website editor at any time to make changes. You’ll avoid the expense of having a web designer make simple changes to your site.
New features and updates – we’re constantly updating the 'Websites for Startups' editor with new features. You have access to these as soon as they’re ready.
Support – we’re always here to help. You’ll receive ongoing advice from your local consultant or access to an expert team at the 'Websites for Startups'head office. You also have access to online support at any time – with lots of help guides and 'how-to' videos.
Technical stuff – we host your website on a secure and reliable server, and we renew your domain name each year.
Hang on, isn't WordPress free?
Yes for the basic installation, but we've invested a great deal in time and money putting together enhanced and advanced tools that are tried and tested to allow you to utilise WordPress in a way that goes far beyond the free version, we make it greater than the sum of its parts.
What extra costs are there beyond any initial payments and my subscription fee?
None at all – if the initially designed website meets your needs. However, we do offer bespoke development work, like plugin configuration and adding pages plus jobs like copyrighting for new content; just ask for a quotation!
Do I need any special software to edit my site?
No. You can edit your site in any modern web browser, such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer. You can edit your website wherever you are in the world — all you need is a computer with a web browser and an internet connection
How many pages can my website have?
You can have as many as you want. Our 'Websites for Startups' editor makes it easy to keep a consistent design across your site, and pages can be grouped into categories, subcategories, and so on, making it easy for your visitors to navigate even the largest sites.
How long will it take to create my site and go live?
We aim to have your site ready to go live within 10 working days of content being submitted. Your local consultant can help you gather the required information to ensure the process is as quick as possible.
Will my website be secure?
At your end: only you have access to the website editor. You can, if you wish, give other people access rights. Our advanced permissions management system lets you control exactly what they can access and edit.
At our end: we host your website on servers at a secure data centre, with each server copied to a backup that will be restored in the event of a hardware failure. In addition, all sites are backed up daily to ensure your data is safe.
Will my site be built to W3C standards?
Yes. For those in the know, all our sites are built using HTML 5, the latest W3C standard for HTML, and Cascading Style Sheets.
Can you help me get the best results in Google and other search engines?
It takes time, but we give you a good start. Before your site goes live, our Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) team will review all sites to ensure they have appropriate metadata. You will also receive our free SEO Guide to help you keep your site ranking well.
When your site goes live, we submit it to all of the major search engines and directories (including Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the Dmoz Open Directory Project). All our sites include an automatically updated XML site map, ensuring search engines can quickly find out about changes you’ve made to your site.
We also set you up with a Google Analytics account, so you can keep track of which pages are performing well, and which ones need attention.
How easy is it to contact my adviser for guidance and advice?
Just send them an email. We also have a support line at our head office, letting you contact our team of experts.